Course: Place

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Course title Place
Course code KGE/MST
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Vávra Jaroslav, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction into the topic 2. Humanistic geographical conceptions focus on the concept of place 3. Place as a mean of knowledge/understanding (Heidegger, Malpas) 4. Place as potential concept in geographical education 5. Home as a specific concept of place 6. Individual and place, spatiality

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments)
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Humanistic approach how to study place. Main conpcet is Heidegger's phenomenological philosophy, Patocka and Malpas. Place in books: Relph, Tuan, Cresswell and others
Students are able to analyse a place by humanistic methods (questionnaire, ethnographic method)
Passing two courses: Introduction to human geography (ZHG) and Humanistic and cultural geography (HKG).

Assessment methods and criteria
Student's performance analysis, Written assignment

Study of books in English, Filosphy of place and geographical knowledge of place.
Recommended literature
  • Blunt, Alison and Dowling, Robyn. Home. Abingdon, 2006. ISBN 10 0-415-33275-3.
  • Cresswell, Tim. Place. A short Introduction. Oxford, 2004. ISBN 13 978-1-4051-067.
  • Lynch, Kevin. Obraz města. The Image of the City.. Praha, 2004. ISBN 80-7273-094-0.
  • Malpas, Jeff. Heidegger's Topology: being, place, world. Cambridge, 2008. ISBN 978-0-262-63368-0.
  • Norberg-Schulz, Christian. Genius Loci. Towards a phenomenology of Architecture. New York, 1979. ISBN 0-8478-0287-6.
  • Patočka, Jan. Úvod do fenomenologické filozofie. Praha, 2003. ISBN 80-7298-064-5.
  • Vávra, Jaroslav. Jedinec a místo, jedinec v místě, jedinec prostřednictvím místa . GEOGRAFIE ? ROK 2010 ? ČÍSLO 4 ? ROČNÍK 11. Praha, 2010.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Applied Geography (17) Geography courses 3 Summer